18 July 2007

Purity

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As Rafael points out, responsible fatherhood, in the meditation I have translated below, does not mean contraception.

If being pure was easy, there wouldn't be
So many anonymous fathers
So many single mothers
So many betrayed husbands
So many cheated wives
So many abandoned children
So many immature engagements
So many wounding affairs
So many casual encounters
Such a cult of eroticsm
Such sexual violence
Such shame of virginity
Such credulity
And such brazenness disguised as love.

It isn't easy to be pure in the absence of Jesus and Mary.
When responsible fatherhood is absent,
When the miracle of motherhood, accepted and wanted, is absent,
Or when love for children is absent,
Somebody ends up being just something for somebody else.
Sexuality without God is a disaster.
Sexuality with God is a Blessing.

Fr P. Zezinho

(When was the last time I heard a sermon on purity? Actually, I can remember: it was 1973, and at the end of the sermon the priest said "John Smith, I want to see you in the sacristy after Mass". He needed a server for a funeral the next day, but we didn't let John Smith forget it.)

2 comments:

Biby Cletus said...

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Historical
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Warm Regards from the Other Side of the Moon.
Bijoy Cletus - Kerala, India

White Stone Name Seeker said...

It's interesting how he sees abuse as linked with sexuality without God.
I think this is true. Someone close to me was abused by her parents. They were Catholic. She once asked her dad why he had bothered having children when he patently did not want to.
"Duty" he told her. He had children because the Church says to-but he ignored the teaching on loving his children; contraceptive mentality isn't it.